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Today’s birthdays

Sacha Baron Cohen (pictured), actor, 49

Nana Mouskouri, singer, 86

Paul Simon, singer, 79

Edwina Currie, author and former Tory MP, 74

Sammy Hagar, rock guitarist, 73

Chris Carter, writer and TV producer (The X-Files), 63

Marie Osmond, singer and actress, 61

John Regis, former athlete, 54

Ian Thorpe, Olympic swimmer, 38

Kevin Clifton, Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer, 38

It happened today…

AD54: Roman Emperor Claudius I died after eating poisoned mushrooms as a result of a plot inspired by his wife, the Empress Agrippina.

1163: The body of the Anglo Saxon King, Edward (the Confessor), was transferred to a new shrine and October 13 has been celebrated as his feast day ever since.

1853: Lillie Langtry, British actress and mistress of Edward VII when he was Prince of Wales, was born in Jersey.

1884: Greenwich was adopted as the universal time meridian of longitude, from which standard times throughout the world are calculated.

1905: Legendary English actor Sir Henry Irving died in Bradford, during his farewell tour.

1924: Ramsay MacDonald made the first election broadcast on the BBC on behalf of the Labour Party.

1944: Athens was liberated by the Allies.

1984: John Lowe achieved the first televised 501 score in nine darts in a major event in the quarter finals of the World Match Play championship in Slough.

1996: British Formula One driver Damon Hill (pictured) won his only World Championship after winning the Japanese Grand Prix.

Quote of the day

‘I’m not a shouty mother at all, and then I’d end up crying in the car, apologising to the children, going, “I’m really sorry, I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” My keys were in the fridge, my phone was in the bin, my libido was through the floor. It was just a nightmare’ — Davina McCall (pictured) opens up on the experience of menopause

Thought for the day

‘Great hopes make great men’ — English historian Thomas Fuller